Square Enix has made an interesting and bold move–they’ve announced a new initiative in partnership with Indiegogo, the crowdfunding website that served as a platform for such games like Gods Will Be Watching.
Collective is its name and helping developers get the word out for their pet projects is its game. More accurately, Collective allows development teams to pitch their video game ideas to gamers like us. Each team will have 28 days to convince the community to support their idea. If successful, then the developers will be able to crowdfund their project and get support from that same community.
The best part about this program is that it eliminates the risk factor associated with crowdfunding, namely the nightmare scenario when the team that brings forth the project cannot back up their claims. We’ve seen examples of this happening on Kickstarter. With Collective, however, that risk is non-existent, since Square personally screens every pitch to “confirm that the scope of the pitch is in line with the team’s ability and ambition to create, as well as utilising [their] experience of game production to attach realistic budgeting plans.”
You can check out the official page for more information.